French cellular operator SFR has announced that it will launch its Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G mobile broadband service ahead of schedule on 28 November this year. The operator was initially planning a launch in early 2013 but is now looking to switch on services ahead of the Christmas shopping season. According to a report from Telecompaper, the first services will be introduced in Lyon, before a phased rollout to other cities. Vivendi-owned SFR says it has now achieved 98.6% population coverage with its HSPA 3.5G networks, while its 42Mbps Dual Carrier HSDPA+ service coverage will cover 60% of the population by the end of this year.
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